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Product Details

  • Series: BK Life
  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 1 edition (October 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609940113
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609940119
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Creating Personal Presence

“I’m a big fan of Dianna Booher. Her new book will help you communicate the very best version of yourself as a leader. Read it!”
—Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager® and Full Steam Ahead!

“Booher makes ‘presence’ actionable. This is my kind of book!”
—Marshall Goldsmith, author of Mojo and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

“This extraordinary book is full of invaluable ideas and insights that can help you get paid more and promoted faster than you ever thought possible.”
—Brian Tracy, author of Eat That Frog! and How the Best Leaders Lead

About the Author

Dianna Booher is CEO of Booher Consultants, a communications training firm. Her clients include nine of the ten largest corporations in America and 140 of the Fortune 500. She has won several awards including the Star Quality Award from IBM, a Vendor of the Year Award from Frito-Lay, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from ASTD—Dallas. She has also been inducted into the National Speakers Association’s Hall of Fame. She has also been featured by Successful Meeting magazine on its list of “21 Top Speakers for the 21st Century” and named one of the “Top 100 Thought Leaders in America” in 2007 and 2008 by Executive Excellence. Dianna is also the author of 45 books, which have collectively sold almost 4 million copies.

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More About the Author

Dianna Booher helps organizations and individuals improve effectiveness through better communication: oral, written, interpersonal, and enterprise-wide.

As author of 46 books published in 26 languages (plus numerous ebooks, audios, videos,and training programs), Dianna has published with Simon & Schuster/Pocket Books, McGraw-Hill, Penguin Random House, Thomas Nelson, and Berrett-Koehler.

Her most popular books include:
--Creating Personal Presence: Look, Talk, Think, and Act Like a Leader
--Communicate with Confidence!: How to Say It Right the First Time and Every Time (Rev. Edition)
--The Voice of Authority: 10 Communication Strategies Every Leader Needs to Know
--Booher's Rules of Business Grammar: 101 Fast and Easy Ways to Correct the Most Common Errors
--Speak with Confidence!: Powerful Presentations That Inform, Inspire, and Persuade
--E-WRITING: 21st-Century Tools for Effective Communication
--From Contact to Contract
--Get a Life Without Sacrificing Your Career

Several have been selections by major book clubs.

Dianna has been interviewed by Good Morning America, The Wall Street Journal, FOX, CNN, CNBC,USA Today, National Public Radio, Dr. Laura Radio Show, The New York Times,, Washington Post, New York Newsday, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Bloomberg, Boardroom Reports, Investor's Business Daily, Working Woman, Industry Week, McCall's, Cosmopolitan, Success, Entrepreneur, among other national radio, TV, and newspapers.

Leadership Excellence has named her as one of the "Top 100 Thought Leaders" of America and on its list of "Top 100 Minds on Personal Development." She holds a master's degree in English from the University of Houston.

Currently, Dianna is CEO of Booher Research Institute. She is also founder of Booher Consultants, a leading executive communication training firm, whose clients include more than 145 of the Fortune 500 organizations, plus numerous governmental agencies. Booher trainers have taken Dianna's communication principles and techniques to organizations on six continents.

Programs offered by her firm include business and technical writing, proposal writing, presentation skills, executive presence, customer service communication, interpersonal skills, resolving conflict, effective meetings, listening, and personal productivity.

Booher Consultants, Inc., has received vendor-of-the-year awards from clients such as IBM and Frito-Lay for Booher's overall impact on the organization.

Dianna's clients most often describe her keynotes at major conferences and conventions this way: "So many practical ideas I can use immediately" ... "Inspiring--you make me want to go out and do it now!"..."High energy!"

She delivers very focused keynotes and programs addressing clients' specific communication issues as well as programs on personal growth topics.

Dianna has received the highest awards in the professional speaking industry, including induction into the National Speakers Association's CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame®. Additionally, Successful Meetings magazine named Dianna on its list of "21 Top Speakers for the 21st Century."

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I found this book very easy to read and digest.
J. Lyle Martin
The tips and techniques that are offered in this book are easy to use, practical and applicable to situations both personally and professionally.
Kathy Hardcastle
Ms. Booher states that one goal of Creating Personal Presence is "to help you increase your presence".
Sandra Daniels

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Joshua P. OConner VINE VOICE on September 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
Let me preface my comments by pointing out that I have never read a book focused in this arena before. Honestly, I have seen a number of books promoted in a manner similar to Creating Personal Presence and have been turned off simply because they appeared to focus on rudimentary or superficial issues when it came to the idea of becoming a more successful entity in a corporate sense. That being said, I was extremely impressed with both the depth and positive nuance of Creating Personal Presence. I was surprised at how captivated I became with the content of the text and how easy it was to draw correlations between the examples in the book and the realities of my own performance.

I envision the book as a primer in teaching leaders the ability to develop the personal skills required of a leader. I've managed core groups of leadership (in the Army) who are responsible for ensuring the well-being of different aspects of company operations. While I am always blown away by the technical competency of those I've worked with, I find myself constantly having to work with some of my most proficient section leaders in learning how to present themselves properly as a leader as well as how to project authority through their presence. I would love to be able to assign Creating Personal Presence as a resource to assist my management in developing the interpersonal skills that allow them to translate their competence into holistic leadership abilities.

I felt that the material was presented in a manner that was balanced in terms of maintaining a positive and encouraging atmosphere while at the same time demanding improved performance. Booher avoids blame and instead focused on how to develop leadership despite individual circumstances.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Daniels on October 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
While working in the field of education for more than 30 years, I developed an understanding of the importance of personal presence in any presentation. Whether presenting a lesson to a high school Algebra class or trying to persuade administrators and board members to include a new course in the district's curriculum or discussing student issues with a parent--your presence sets the stage. After reading Dianna Booher's new book, Creating Personal Presence: Look, Talk, Think, and Act Like a Leader, I was excited to find such a great resource for improving personal presence. I even think Ms. Booher's book would be a wonderful addition to a required reading list for university students aspiring to become educators.

Creating Personal Presence is full of helpful hints and ideas that will enhance your presence in any situation. The tips and hints Booher shares are practical and realistic. The book is well organized and full of examples and illustrations to which the reader can relate. Ms. Booher states that one goal of Creating Personal Presence is "to help you increase your presence". Putting the practical tips and techniques into practice will help you look, talk, think and act with more confidence. It is evident that your personal presence can change. By incorporating suggestions from Booher's book, you can develop a more positive, powerful personal presence--the personal presence of a leader.

I highly recommend Dianna Booher's new book Creating Personal Presence: Look, Talk, Think, and Act Like a Leader.
If you are interested in improving your personal presence, buy a copy of Booher's book. She has a tip for you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Laura Stack on September 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
Author Dianna Booher writes in CREATING PERSONAL PRESENCE, "Personal presence may be difficult to define, but we all know it when we see it. Someone walks into the room and people step aside. Heads turn. Conversation opens up to include them. When they speak, people applaud or chime in. When they ask, people answer. When they lead, people follow. When they leave, things wind down."

Fortunately, Ms. Booher deftly defines personal presence for us in four key parts:

1. "How You Look" covers the physical aspects of your presence.
2. "How You Talk" describes powerful word usage in conversation.
3. "How You Think" describes how to control your thoughts, reactions, and emotions.
4. "How to Act" deals with the attitudes, habits, and behaviors that impact your credibility.

Using thorough research-based examples and drawing upon her two decades of coaching C-level executives and their staffs in major corporations, she does a remarkable job taking the mystery out of personal presence and outlining how to achieve it. She's created an accompanying online self-assessment to help you explore your own presence at [...]

I highly recommend CREATING PERSONAL PRESENCE, no matter where you are on the continuum. It's full of practical tips you can use immediately to increase your credibility. As Ms. Booher states, "Personal presence is about developing your communication skills, thinking skills, and character to influence others for good and help you achieve your goals in life."
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jeff on November 5, 2011
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There is some excellent information in this book for men who must wear suits because of their profession or corporate culture. However, the insistence on doing so for any leadership role is dated, considering corporate cultures of some of our best companies (Google, Apple, etc.) Space devoted to creating a presence while presenting oneself in a "business casual" environment would make the book far more up-to-date and useful. There are places where a business suit is far out of place, and where creating a presence is required.

That said, the information that the book does contain is useful beyond expectations. The author does a great job in all other aspects of the subject.
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